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February 2011
Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Debbie Friedman Memorial at Shabbat Service
Summer Camp Info Session
Plunge Into Shabbat!
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
TBT Men's Night
Taize Invitation
Study Retreat Weekend in Astoria
TBT Board Notes
TBT Adds PayPal
Committee News - Auction Update and Children's Book Resources
About Temple Beth Tikvah
Contact Us

Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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February Birthdays

Celebrations in February honor the following birthdays:
  David Rosen             Feb. 1
  Camille Smith           Feb. 1
  Shari Winicki             Feb. 3
  Carol Rosen          Feb. 4
  Carl Schlosberg     Feb. 5
  Andrew Cogen       Feb. 9
  Stan Seaman        Feb. 11
  Greta Rosen          Feb. 13
  Dominic DeMarco   Feb. 15
  Jo Ann Ray           Feb. 20
  Jade Danek           Feb. 21
  Charlene Cohen     Feb. 25
  Phyllis Greenbach   Feb. 25
  Tracy Smith          Feb. 28

TBT Board Members

 Board Officers:
     Lisa Uri 
  Past President
    Terry Reynolds

    Ralph Uri
    Jeff Adler

 Members at Large:

    Kathy Schindel

    Leslie Conley    leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com 
     George Brant
TBT Committee Chairs
   Lauren Olander

   David Uri



   Terry Reynolds



   Marcia Uri



 Public Relations

   Jeanne Freeman



 Social Events

   Linda Brant



   Harriet Richard



 Social Action

   Bonnie Ruby



   Beverly Adler




   Harriet Richard



 Planning and Finance

   Mark Schindel



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February Calendar of Events


   February 11   6:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service w/Rabbi

                                            in memory of Debbie Friedman

                                          Oneg sponsor: Ron & Bonnie Ruby

   February 12   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study w/Rabbi

                       10:30 a.m. - Torah Service w/Rabbi

   February 13   9:00 a.m. - Board meeting

                       10:30 a.m. - Adult Education w/Rabbi

                         4:00 p.m. - Bnai Brith Camp presentation

   February 15   5:00 p.m. - TBT Men's Night

   February 20     - March Newsletter submission deadline -

   February 25  6:00 p.m. - Polar Plunge Erev Shabbat Service

                                           and Costume Contest



   Sunday School (4:00 p.m.):  Feb. 13th, Feb. 27th

   Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  Feb. 7th, Feb. 14th, Feb. 28th



   March 11 - Shabbat Service and Baby Naming w/Rabbi

                   Oneg sponsor: Allison and Drew Cogen

   March 11-13 - Judaic Institute Study Weekend

                       in Astoria, Oregon

   May 7 - TBT Auction 


For more details on any of these events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities and Events online: 



DebbieDebbie Friedman Memorial Service
Shabbat evening service, February 11th

hands holding candleDebbie Friedman, probably the most influential modern Jewish musician, left this world on the Sunday morning of my last visit in Bend (January 9, 2011.) She left it all too soon. In her short time she made a tremendous contribution to the world of Jewish music and specifically to the Reform movement. Debbie wrote the music that takes you on a journey and allows you to pray. She was not afraid of pushing the limit when it brings meaning to prayer and to the beauty of the Jewish religion. She gave us the words and melodies that move our souls in the way the Rabbis of old intended prayer to be. Debbie's goal was to make prayer accessible to everyone. In fact, each time she would perform one of her most influential pieces of music, the Mi Sheberach (A Prayer for Healing), she would say, "first, this one is for you". Her music is an inspiration and she is a blessing as she goes on her way.

It is amazing that Debbie Friedman died when we as a Jewish community began reading Parashat Beshelach, also called Shabbat Shira. It means the Shabbat of Song, in which we read the story of the people crossing the Red Sea. From this text, Debbie wrote the words to Miriam's song in which she writes "and Miriam, the prophet, took her timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her just as she had planned..."  More than just the women followed Debbie and more will continue to follow her.

From tears to laughter to song, on February 11, 2011, Temple Beth Tikvah dedicates its Shabbat evening service to the life and legacy of Debbie Friedman.

CampSummer Camp Information Meet

Calling All Parents!  February 13th


Join us for a presentation about summer camp!  David Zimmerman, Associate Director of B'nai B'rith Camp, will be hosting a short discussion about summer camp opportunities at TBT Sunday School on February 13 at 4:00 p.m.  Drop the kids and stay to learn about this wonderful program. 

PlungePlunge Into Shabbat!
February 25th at Riverbend Park 
Polar Plunge Oregon logo
Come to a lay-led Shabbat service on February 25th at Riverbend Park.  As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said "some people pray with their heart, others pray with their feet." At this community event honoring the Special Olympics, Temple Beth Tikvah gathers to pray, eat and support our community at the Bend Annual Polar Plunge.  Join Ben Finestone and take a dip in the river or just support those crazy folks who are actually going to jump in! Opening ceremonies and a costume contest start at 6 p.m.  For more information check out: http://www.soor.org/plunge/bend.html

Greetings from Rabbi EttmanRabbi Ettman photo


Dear Friends,

What kind of a month was January?!  I have to admit that it has been really hard to stomach a lot of what has been going on in the news.  It seems that the joyfulness of the holiday season and the promise of a new year has vanished. Gone are the parties, celebrations and presents of the past holiday season.  The confetti has been swept away, the champagne and party hats are put back in the closet and we are left to move forward with the new year.  What are meant we to do?  How are we to cope with the onslaught of difficulties in our lives and in the world? Many of us ask these large questions because we feel more comfortable when we have concrete answers.
However, while none of us has a perfect answer to these questions, there is one direction that comes to mind as I think about an answer: that is faith.  During times when we face difficulties in our lives, our faith can be challenged.  But it is precisely faith that helps us continue through the valley of the shadows and rallies us to see more clearly.
It was, coincidentally, with these ruminations in my mind, that I encountered an especially meaningful quote by a man for whom we just had a national day of honor and recognition.  Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was someone who believed deeply in faith.  With all of the challenges he faced, faith remained a central theme in his teachings and actions.  He frequently spoke and taught about the challenging task of having faith. He said so simply:
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Dr. King is not telling us to do anything heroic or beyond our reach because that is not what faith is.  Rather, his words encourage us to "take the first step."  We may not know where we are going or be able to "see the entire staircase,"  but that first step is the important one because it allows us to continue to move.  It forces us to continue to grow.  And it helps us be able to make a little bit of difference in the world in which we live.  That first step may be just getting out of bed in the morning and beginning the day.  Or it may be making time to exercise, tell stories, laugh, share or go outside.  No matter how you do it, having faith to take the first step is precisely what helps each of us on our way.
May each step you take this month guide you to wholeness, healing and comfort, wisdom and life.
Rabbi's signature jpeg 


President's MessagePhoto of Lisa Uri
From TBT President Lisa Uri


Greetings.  We are well into 2011, with so much planning to do for Purim, Passover and our second annual TBT fund-raising auction.  We hope you respond positively when you get a call asking for your help.  Please think of ways you can assist rather than reasons why you cannot.  I want to assure you that your Board and committee chairs continue to work tirelessly to plan for the coming months as well as for the future of Temple Beth Tikvah.
I receive frequent emails and phone calls with both questions and suggestions related to our future growth.  I want to assure you that our decision-making process is dependent upon what we truly feel works for the congregation as a whole.  I would ask that you please respect the process we have put in place.  When we have information for you, we will most certainly share it with you. When we need your input, we will most certainly ask for it. And we will never make any decisions without thoughtfulness and sensitivity.  Your opinions are so important to us and your voice will be heard.  I am excited about our future, and I very much look forward to sharing it with all of you. 

Lisa Uri
President, Temple Beth Tikvah

MensTBT Men's Night - February 15th
The next TBT Mens Night will be Tuesday, February 15, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Brickhouse, 803 SW Industrial Way, Bend.  (541) 728-0334.  All men of TBT are invited.  

Community Taize Service
Meditative Community Worship Service - February 3rd


Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Rd. Bend, OR, will host the next community Taizé service on Thursday, February 3rd, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  All members of the community are invited and welcome to be part of this meditative service of music, scripture readings and silence.  

RetreatJews and Popular Culture in the Ancient World

Institute for Judaic Studies Weekend Retreat

March 11-13 in Astoria, Oregon
 Institute for Judaic Studies logo

Join Oregon's Jewish community for an exhilarating study weekend in Astoria on the beautiful Oregon Coast, Friday evening through Sunday noon, March 11th - 13th, 2011.

Temple Beth Tikvah is one of the sponsors of this weekend.  The curriculum includes Shabbat services an a special program Saturday evening.  Cost for the weekend includes a river view room and five meals at the Holiday Inn Express for $240 per person, double occupancy.  For more information go to: http://www.weekendinquest.org/

Every year, the Institute for Judaic Studies facilitates programs about our complex and challenging world. The institute provides a forum where people can learn from nationally and intellectually acclaimed scholars, contemporary artists and musicians. This year, Prof. Loren Spielman, Portland State University, leads the program on Jews and Popular Culture in the Ancient World.
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: February 13th, 9:00 a.m. 

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend.  Board meetings will be on Sunday of the weekend that Rabbi Ettman is in town - location tbd.  Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/calendar.html.

If you would like to read the minutes of previous board meetings you can request a copy from Board Secretary Ralph Uri:  raduri@bendcable.com

Rabbi Ettman is available via email.  If you want to set up an appointment please email him at: rabbiettman@bethtikvahbend.org.  His office hours are Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

TBT Now Accepting PayPalPayPal logo 

Take a look at us now! Have you been to the TBT website lately?  You can pay your dues or make a donation by completing our online forms and submitting your payment through PayPal. 
Go to the Membership page at http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/membership.html and you'll find a downloadable membership application and the capability to make your dues payment using our new PayPal Account.  Or download the membership form and mail the completed form and check.   Also check out at our new Donations page at http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/donations.html.  You can either complete the online form and make your donation through PayPal, or download our donation form, complete and mail it along with your check.  Thanks to our own Paul "The Computer Guy" Spencer for making our web site up to the task.

Committee News


Fundraising Committee

Harriet Richards, chair


New Venue for TBT Auction


Due to a change of policy at COCC regarding the use of the culinary school by religious organizations, Temple Beth Tikvah is changing the venue for our May 7th auction. We are pleased to announce that the 2011 auction will be held at Mt. Bachelor Village Conference Center. They have a large, beautiful banquet facility and the catering menu is outstanding. The available parking is big enough to accommodate a large crowd. There are video facilities should we want to present our oral auction in a more sophisticated way. We are sure that this change will enhance our auction's success and are pleased to work with a professional organization that has helped run many auctions in the past. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us as we celebrate Temple Beth Tikvah's second spectacular auction this coming spring.




Social Action Committee

Beverly Adler and Bonnie Ruby, co-chairs
stack of books


Youth Education:  Resources for Children's Books

Here are some sites where you can find valuable recommendations for children's books. A book
is a wonderful way to provide a lasting honor for birthdays or other mitzvot throughout the year. Feel free to contact Beverly Adler for any assistance at fiber12@gmail.com


Notable Jewish Children's Books are available at the JLA (Jewish Library Association) website via: 


Children's books about Jewish Religion and Culture (including interfaith stories):  http://www.armory.com/~web/jbooks.html


ChildrenLit.com's Themed Reviews of Jewish Interest:  http://childrenslit.com/childrenslit/th_jewishint.html 

This is a short list of books of Jewish interest including a synopsis of each book.


Jewish Community Library of Los Angeleshttp://jclla.org/kiosk.html 


Rabbi Greene's Favorite Books at amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/My-favorite-Jewish-childrens-books/lm/RZFBG36R48VN9


Jewish Children & Young Teen Book Favoriteshttp://jewishbktown.com/


Additional books for teenshttp://judaism.com/jdckids/youngadult.asp


Children's books by topichttp://judaism.com/jdckids/books.asp



This newsletter is emailed to both members and non-members at the end of each month.  If you have something you want to include in the newsletter, please e-mail it to leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com by the 20th of each month.  As always, you will continue to receive "eminders" before important events take place.



Leslie Conley

TBT Tributes

You may honor the lives and achievements of friends and relatives via a tribute with a donation to TBT.  You can do this by sending a check and the name and address of the person being honored to TBT at P.O. Box 7472, Bend 97708.  Donations are made to the temple's general-purpose fund unless otherwise specified.

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions: 
  • From Harriett Richard and David Dietz in honor of Drew and Allison Cogen's new baby!
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri: Congratulations to the Cogen family on your new baby girl!
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds: Congratulations to Drew and Allison Cogen on the birth of their daughter!
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds wishing continued healing to Tully Ellsberg and Harriett Richard.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman for the speedy recovery of Sandi Mardigian.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds wishing a special Happy Birthday to Shari Winicki.
  • From Justin and Margaret Finestone, to the music program, in honor of Jake and Zack Olander.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman in memory of Ann Freudenheim.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri in memory of Dr. Bob Mercer.

About Temple Beth Tikvah


Temple Beth Tikvah is a new Jewish congregation based in Bend, Oregon.  We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and are excited to become the first Reform synagogue in Central Oregon. 

Our members come from a range of Jewish backgrounds, including Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal.  Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes interfaith families and Jews by choice. 

We are committed to providing a Jewish education for our children as well as stimulating educational activities for adults.  We value social action and strive to provide a Jewish cultural, social and religious experience in Central Oregon. 

Temple Beth Tikvah is a warm and enthusiastic community that includes families, singles and "empty nesters."  We are a mix of long-time Bend residents and newcomers from around the country who moved here to enjoy Central Oregon's beauty, active lifestyle and quality of life.

Please contact us at 541-388-8826 or info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information